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Table 1 Characteristics of the study group (n = 36) and those who dropped out after the study began (n = 21)

From: Health-related quality of life in family members of patients with an advanced cancer diagnosis: A one-year prospective study

  Study group¤ Drop-outs
  n (%) n (%)
Gender   
Female 26 (72) 13 (62)
Male 10 (28) 8 (38)
Education   
High school and above 24 (66) 16 (76)
Less then high school 12 (33) 5 (24)
Work status   
Retired 19 (52) 13 (62)
Currently working 14 (39) 7 (33)
On sick leave from work 3 (9)# 1 (5)#
Applying for a job   
Relationship to the person with cancer   
Partner 26 (72) 16 (76)
Grown child 8 (22) 4 (19)
Other relative (ex-partner or sibling) 2 (6)# 1 (5)#
Primary caregiver 31 (86) 18 (86)
Not primary caregiver 5 (14)# 3 (14)#
  1. ¤The study group participated in all five measurements. Drop-outs participated in fewer than five measurements.
  2. There was no significant difference in characteristics between the study group and drop-outs examined with the chi-square test.
  3. #Not tested for a difference between the study group and dropouts.